On the same day they official signed right-hander Jason Frasor the Braves have added a second veteran reliever, agreeing to terms with left-hander Ross Detwiler after he was released by the Rangers.
Detwiler pitched horribly in Texas, going 0-5 with a 7.12 ERA in 43 games, but from 2009-2014 he posted a 3.82 ERA in 471 innings for the Nationals while filling rotation and bullpen roles.
At age 29 he’s a worthwhile flier for the Braves to take as they try to add some veteran-ness to a bullpen that just lost closer Jason Grilli for the season to a torn Achilles’ tendon.
Veteran reliever Jason Frasor has signed with the Braves after being released by the Royals earlier this week, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.
Frasor’s release was a surprise because of his sparkling 1.54 ERA, but his 18/15 K/BB ratio in 23 innings was far less impressive and Kansas City is overflowing with quality bullpen options.
With that said, Frasor has a decade-long history of solid work as a setup man–including a sub-3.75 ERA in six of the past seven seasons–and even at age 37 should be able to help the Braves’ bullpen following closer Jason Grilli’s season-ending Achilles’ tendon injury.
Via Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune …
The need for another reliable right-handed setup reliever has the Seattle Mariners taking a hard look at veteran Jason Frasor, who chose to become a free agent earlier this month after clearing waivers.
Frasor was designated for assignment by Kansas City on July 6 and then released one week later after going without a claim or a trade. He had a shiny 1.54 ERA in 23 1/3 innings this season out of the Royals’ bullpen, though that came with a rough 18/15 K/BB ratio and 1.67 WHIP. Frasor turns 38 years old in early August.
Chris Cotillo of SB Nation’s MLB Daily Dish says the Rangers are also a potential fit.
Apparently a 1.54 ERA doesn’t mean as much as it used to.
Veteran reliever Jason Frasor, who was designated for assignment by the Royals last week despite having a 1.54 ERA in 23 innings this season, passed through waivers unclaimed by any of the other 29 teams and has been released.
Frasor had a sub par 18/15 K/BB ratio in 23 innings, so his great ERA was very misleading, but he’s been a solid setup man for the past decade. His one-year contract had about $750,000 remaining on it, which is reasonable enough for some team to snatch him up, but it also had a $550,000 buyout for 2016 that perhaps changed things a bit.
Expect the 37-year-old right-hander to latch on elsewhere, with a good chance he makes it back to the majors before long. Frasor has a 3.52 ERA in 673 career appearances, including a 2.41 ERA in 120 innings since 2013.